CPD and short courses

We are a leading provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) medical courses in the region. We offer a wide range of short courses for healthcare professionals, delivered by specialists in the field, providing the most up-to-date knowledge in specific areas of interest.

Upcoming courses

Please browse the list of available courses below, then follow the link to apply directly online.

Dermatology Update

Wednesday 30 October 2019, 10am - 4.45pm

Loxley Building, University of Hull

Skin problems are one of the most commonly encountered areas in British general practice, and can be as challenging to manage as they can be satisfying.

This comprehensive one day course, suitable for GPs, nurse practitioners and other advanced practitioners working in primary care, led by local dermatology specialists, will advise and update on the most commonly encountered dermatological conditions.

Using a mixture of presentation and case-based discussion it will increase knowledge and confidence for primary care clinicians in how to diagnose and manage the wide variety of skin complaints that present in general practice.

Key benefits

  • A chance to share and reflect on current dermatology practice
  • Practical advice from local specialists
  • Opportunity to discuss real world cases
  • Advice on who and when to refer

Course conveynors

  • Professor Shernaz Walton – Hon. Consultant Dermatologist, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Honorary Professor of Dermatology, Hull York Medical School
  • Dr Simi Sudhakaran - Speciality Doctor, Dermatology, Castle Hill Hospital; GP Partner
  • Dr Simon Carruthers – GPSI in Dermatology, East Riding Community


  • £140: GPs (£125 for RCGP member and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • £120: GP Registrars/Nurse practitioners

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Confidence with hand and wrist injections

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 1.30pm – 5pm

Loxley Building, University of Hull

The majority of joint injections, with the exception of hips, can be undertaken in primary care. This can mean reduced referrals, less inconvenience for patients as well as satisfaction for the treating clinician.

This half day course will help GPs and other health professionals to assess patients with hand and wrist problems and where appropriate, to treat them with confidence in the surgery. Delegates will have access to prosections and models in the anatomy department and the opportunity to practice injection techniques.

Course covenors

  • Dr Alan Walker – GP and ex Anatomy Lecturer
  • Mrs Kirsty Smith - Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner
  • Mrs Sarah Rayner - Senior Orthopaedic Practitioner


  • £105 GPs (£95 for RCGP members and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • £90 Hull York Medical School alumni/ GP registrars/physiotherapists/nurse practitioners and other ACPs working in primary care

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The GP Update Course

Saturday 30 November 2019, 10am – 4pm (registration from 9.15am)

Scarborough Spa, Scarborough, YO11 2HD

The one-day update course by GPs for GPs, GP STs and General Practice Nurses

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in information or lack confidence in treating some conditions?

Do you find it hard to be sure what is important for your practice from all the new guidelines?

Do you struggle to produce coherent appraisal evidence each year?

The GP Update course is very relevant for clinical practice and will help you meet the requirements for appraisal and revalidation.

Using a lecture based format, with plenty of time for interaction, the GP presenters discuss the results of the most important new evidence and guidance, and concentrate on what it means to you and your patients in the consulting room tomorrow.

To help you prepare for your annual appraisal and revalidation we have a range of practical tools and offer an online service that tracks your learning throughout the year to avoid those last minute pre-appraisal panics.

We’ll use humour and video clips to illustrate points being made, to keep you focused and awake.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to GPs, GP STs and Practice Nurses.

What will be covered?

This one-day course offers a wide-ranging, evidence-based programme, covering the latest guidance and major developments across all areas of general practice: from chronic conditions to musculoskeletal medicine, from mental health to gastroenterology and many more in between.

The GP Update Handbook

Delegates receive a copy of the GP Update Handbook. This fully-referenced handbook covers the most important research, policy and guidance relevant to primary care over the last 5 years.

Much more than just a set of lecture notes, the Handbook is a fully referenced resource that can be used in the consultation, as a learning tool, a source for tutorials and exam revision.


You’ll also get one year’s FREE subscription to www.GPCPD.com. With three times the content of the handbook, it allows you to capture CPD credits as you read on the site and use it in consultations! It also comes with focussed learning activities to earn further CPD credits.

Who are we?

Red Whale is one of the leading providers of primary care medical and nursing education in the UK with over 13,000 primary care practitioners attending our courses each year. We specialise in producing courses that are evidence-based, highly relevant to everyday practice and full of actions that delegates can take away and implement immediately.

For more details, go to www.gp-update.co.uk


  • GPs - £160
  • Hull York Medical School clinical tutors, practice nurse, advanced clinical practitioners, GPSTs - £150
  • Due to the generous support of Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, clinicians from this area can attend for the reduced rate of £110. Please note all Scarborough and Ryedale CCG subsidised places have now been filled.

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Managing medically unexplained symptoms in primary care – a practical guide

Wednesday 29 January 2020, 9am – 5pm

Hull York Medical School, University of York

Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are an everyday part of working in general practice but can be a source of stress to both patients and clinicians alike. This one day workshop aims to give GPs and Advanced Clinical Practitioners the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in dealing with patients who have MUS. It will include communication and management strategies which give clinicians the tools and confidence to help their patients (and themselves) deal with chronic symptoms for which there is no identifiable organic cause.

This will be an interactive day consisting of a mixture of short lectures with the main emphasis being small group work and case-based discussion. There will also be facilitated examples of clinical/patient interactions.

Course convenors

  • Stella Morris – Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist
  • Marie Acton – Psychotherapist
  • Doug Ma – Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist


  • £140 GPs (£125 for RCGP member and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • £120 Hull York Medical School alumni/ GP registrars/Advanced Clinical Practitioners

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Introduction to mindfulness

Introduction to Mindfulness

Thursday 19 March 2020, 10am – 4.30pm

Hollies Park, Weetwood, between Headingley and Adel, Leeds

Mindfulness is “the intentional, non-judgmental and non-reactive focus of attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”. In recent years, mindfulness practice has been increasingly employed to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions. There is an increasing evidence base for its benefits.

This one day workshop is specifically designed for healthcare professionals in primary care who wish to use mindfulness for their own personal benefit but also to raise awareness of it as a potential support for patients. We will be exploring theory, history, evidence, techniques and daily practice of Mindfulness, emphasising its relationship to health and wellbeing.

Key benefits

Small group working.

Relaxed non-clinical environment.

Opportunity for reflection and practice.

Tangible strategies aimed at stress and pain reduction

Course convenor

Dr Kamila Hortynska, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited CBT Therapist, Mindfulness Teacher, Trainer and Supervisor


  • £120 GPs (£110 for RCGP member, HYMS Alumni and Hull York Medical School Clinical


  • £100 GP Registrars

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Cancellations and change of attendee

If you book a place on a course but you are unable to attend, we will refund your fees as follows:

  • If you give more than 30 days' notice: 90% refund
  • If you give between 15 and 30 days' notice: 50% refund
  • If you give fewer than 15 days' notice: no refund
  • Change of attendee £25

Occasionally, we are unable to run an advertised course because of an insufficient number of delegates or for other reasons outside our control. If this happens, we reserve the right to cancel the course. When you book one of our short courses, we will contact you at least one week before it starts to confirm that it is running. We advise not to make travel and accommodation arrangements until you receive this confirmation.